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Meadow Vole

Microtus pennsylvanicus
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Habitat: Open grasslands, crop land, tundra, taiga, deciduous forests and around water.

Description: Brown to blackish body with a grey belly, short round ears and a short tail.

Size: 13-19 cm; 17-64g

Diet: The green part of flowering plants grasses, roots, seeds, bark and insects.

Fun Facts: The Meadow Vole is very important in the food web, it is a source of food for raptors, snakes, coyotes, and even some fish! They will also eat their own weight in plants every 24 hours!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio Canadensis

Habitat: The Tiger Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to July.  They can most likely be found on hill tops that are covered my Aspen Poplars but they are also frequently seen in urban settings visiting gardens.

Description: A yellow and black butterfly, it can be recognised by the black stripes crossing yellow wings, and of course the small tail coming off the back...

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